The best sensor is the one you're already wearing.
Smartwatches contain the same sensors that scientists use to study the ocean. It's easier to communicate with them than with oceanographic tech. And they cost thousands less. All we need is an app to tap into these capabilities.
We are creating that app. We are also testing smartwatch sensors against commercial alternatives to verify smartwatch suitability for coastal ocean research. Building software around existing hardware leverages watches' familiar interface, instant connectivity, and built-in accessibility, all of which make for effortless data collection and sharing.
Our free, open-source app will transform a $900 smartwatch into the anchor of a streamlined data collection pipeline. Comparable commercial systems cost $2,000 to $20,000+.